Τhe Politics of Dreams

Jack Burton

Shipton Street Gallery

Jack Burton participates in the exhibition The Politics of Dreams: Defying Dysfunction curated by Vassilios Doupas and Christina Mitrentse.

Private View: 1st June, 6-10pm

Exhibition Duration: 1-30 June 2017

Venue: Shipton Street Gallery, London E2 (Columbia Road Market)

Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green

Opening Times: Saturday & Sunday 11-6 or by appointment

How does one circumvent preconceived ideas without making sweeping statements? How does one defy the canon?

Can art be fun without being funny?

How do play and irony differ in the way they engage with political agency?

How can art restore our faith in light in precarious times?

These were some of the concerns we had when we started working towards the exhibition. In an intuitive way, we brought together artists who are at different stages in their careers and whose work does not easily fit the canon. They are artists who are (as) “serious about the frivolous (as) “frivolous about the serious”.[1]

They use humor as a strategy in art making including failure, repetition, materiality, parody, pastiche and cognitive gaps. Some profess in visual puns, others in chance experiments, obsessive gestures or exercises in self-annihilation. Consciously or unconsciously, they seek to undermine some ideological structure through the re-contextualization of the image and, in some cases, the object.

For us, the exhibition is an attempt to speak truthfully in a way that society and academia often avoid to and to convey our faith in inclusivity, possibility and play. “

Vassilios Doupas and Chistina Mitrentse

Exhibition Curators

[1] Susan Sontag, “Notes on Camp“ in Against Interpretation and Other Essays.